This consultation follows our Strategic Review of Digital Communications (“Strategic Review”), and our ‘Initial proposals to develop an effective PIA remedy’ (“2016 PIA Consultation”) to support investment in ultrafast broadband networks, published in December 2016.
This consultation concerns Openreach’s duct and pole access product, known as physical infrastructure access (PIA). It builds on our 2016 PIA consultation, which outlined our initial views on how to link the initial conclusions made in the Strategic Review to specific actions. In that document, we sought input on what Openreach’s PIA product could be used for, how it should work in terms of process, and how charges could be set.
We now set out our further proposals in the light of the analysis we have undertaken as part of our review of the wholesale local access (WLA) market, as well as the input we have received from stakeholders. These proposals form part of that review and this consultation supplements our 2017 WLA market review consultation.
This draft statement sets out the conclusions of our wholesale local access market review in relation to the UK excluding the Hull Area.